10 Things That Will Sink Your Novel’s Opening Pages – by Alythia Brown…

on Fiction University:

You’ve polished that query letter to the point of memorization. Even though you’re numb to it, your peers in the writing world still agree it’s solid.

But for whatever reason, it’s not getting the reaction you were hoping for.

The problem many writers face when getting ready to query is that they focus so much on the letter but neglect to take a hard look at their introductory pages. Literary agents and editors will tell you they know within a few paragraphs if the work is ready. So maybe your letter is perfect and your book is in great shape, but you’re not passing the sniff test because you’ve committed one of the following:

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